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Deliver Emailed or Converted Books to Amazon Cloud Reader and PC Reader

I use the Amazon Cloud Reader and PC Reader, but I can only view books purchased through Amazon in them. In fact, it won't let me deliver other books - those I emailed to Amazon for conversion or ...
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Public domain search tools/websites

Is there a united resource or program to search public domain works? By united I mean it searches in more than 1 website for my search term.
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Are there any Ebook libraries in UAE?

Are there any Ebook libraries in UAE or more specifically in Ras Al Khaimah?
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Are there any ebook search engines?

Are there any websites that work like ebook search engines, where you can perform a search over multiple stores and have the results sortable and/or filterable for file format, price, presence of DRM, ...
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How well do ereaders typeset?

There are many aspects to good typesetting, such as picking a good font, kerning, use of ligatures, justification (flushed vs ragged) and hyphenation. Many interesting details can be found in e.g. ...
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Is it advisable to add sound excerpts to an ebook?

As far as I know, many ebook readers may also play music. Does it make sense to create an ebook which contains (internal) link to audio snippets? Does the ePub standard allow it? (snippets would be ...
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What is the most popular font style for ebooks?

I can't even guess at how many font styles might exist, but it is a lot. What are the most communally used fonts in ebooks? Does it vary by language or region?
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What is the most readable font for an ebook?

Occasionally when I download works from Smashwords there are several different fonts used in one work (seen in independent works that have not been professionally edited). This mix match of fonts ...
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High resolution small-size pdf

PDFs on archive.org are in high resolution yet has relatively small size. For example, this book. The book's resolution is 500 ppi and 46 Mb size. What I did was I extract the pages using Adobe ...
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Question about vocabulary used on itunes paid ibook application form

I'm in the process of applying for a paid ibooks account on itunes. I'm new to the publishing scene and was hoping someone could explain some of the vocabulary used in the form. Terms I am unfamiliar ...
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Can custom fonts be embedded in mobi or epub books targeting eink readers?

Assuming that I am targeting non-tablet eBook readers such as Kindle and nook, is it possible to layout a book with some text in the default font of the device and some paragraphs in a special font ...
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Can the sleep timeout be adjusted on Kindle devices?

The seemingly fixed screen timeout on all my Kindle devices has never been an issue for normal reading. If it goes off on me it is usually because I fell asleep myself, so one cannot blame a device ...
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Under what conditions should I apply for ISBN numbers for digital works?

An organization I work with has a few (non English) original works that I will be helping them to publish online and in eBook format. We do hold the publishing rights for these as they are basically ...
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How to tell if a book from Kobo Store has DRM?

When shopping from Kobo Store, how can one determine if a book is encumbered with DRM? And also to determine what kind of DRM is used? I.E., there is an italian publisher called Newton & Compton ...
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How do I get an ISBN?

Given that it is not necessary to have an ISBN if you plan to self-publish an ebook only via Amazon (they use their ASIN), which is the best way to get one, if someone plans to sell his/her book also ...
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Getting a separate page count per chapter

With the ebooks I generate myself (using pandoc), I have a single page count for the entire book. Ebooks that I purchase off the Kobo store have a separate page count for individual chapters, which ...
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Are there any ebook libraries in the UK

Are there any programs that allow library books to be checked out, as ebooks, specifically in UK? NOTE: Based on this meta post and this question, I have created this UK version of the question.
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Are there any Ebook libraries in Canada

Are there any programs that allow library books to be checked out, as ebooks, specifically in Canada? NOTE: Based on this meta post and this question, I have created this Canadian version of the ...
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How do I crop out an image from a pdf file?

I have an android phone and use Adobe Reader to read pdf files. I have a pdf file that has some images that I want to crop out. I have not found a way to do this using Adobe Reader on Android. Is ...
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Security risks when the Kindle(Paperwhite) is plugged into a PC

Are there any security risks to plug a Kindle Paperwhite in a PC (imagine infected with viruses PC)? I mean for both the software of the Kindle and the PC?
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Epub file not turning pages on nook devices

OK, I'm having a very strange problem with a reflowable epub file I'm creating. It displays fine on most reading systems, but on the Nook, it will not advance pages across chapter breaks. Instead, it ...
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As a US citizen is it illegal to access an ebook from a country where it is PD, if it is not PD in the US?

I am looking for US laws specifically identifying this scenario, I am not looking for interpretation of the law. I am looking for law relating to personal use/reading only. I stumbled across Planet ...
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Unbrick Kindle Touch

My KT stopped working all of a sudden and will no longer turn on. I have tried the holding down the power button trick numerous times and charged it for over 24 hours but there is still no response. I ...
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Can Kindle's dictionary be disabled?

I find Kindle's dictionary feature to be annoying - I've used Touch and Paperwhite, where I'm touching the screen all the time, and I frequently get an annoying pop-up definition I don't want. Is ...
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Epub cover does not display properly in Kobo app

I formatted an epub for an indie author. The author tells me that the cover displays properly on the Kindle and the Nook; I checked it in ADE and Calibre. It passed the IDPF epub validator. However, ...
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More than one chapter div in one epub file?

A self-publishing author started his book with two epigraphs and a prologue. I originally formatted this as one file, putting the epigraphs at the top of the page (separated by blank lines). The ...
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Can I use a third party software as a full OS replacement on a Kindle Keyboard?

If you purchase a new PC, it comes preloaded with some software, this is mostly just a convenience. You could reformat the drive, remove all the windows software and load Linux or similar software, as ...
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Selling ebooks of school textbooks

I have a scan machine at my home so i have scanned a lot of school textbooks to create ebooks. I am wondering if it possible for someone to buy an ebook from me in this manner and for it to be legal. ...
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Publishing blog posts as an ebook at Smashwords

Is publishing an ebook through Smashwords allowed if the ebook consists of nothing more than blog posts you've originally written? For example, a collection of "Best of" posts with no extra material. ...
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Why are there so few color e-ink devices on the market in 2014?

The Wikipedia article on e-ink indicates that the technology exists to provide thousands of colors on e-ink display. As I understand it most (all?) of the the 'multi-touch color display' screens are ...
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printing an ePub

I know it's funny, but I would like to print some booklets I have. They are in ePub format without DRM, and my idea is to create a booklet in A6 format (they are not very long, otherwise I would not ...
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How do I modify the connection habits of my Kindle Keyboard 3G?

I have Kindle Keyboard 3G, I use the text to speech for reading books while commuting. If I leave the wireless turned on it uses up the battery pretty fast trying to keep and or find a 3G or WiFi ...
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When it is better to use plain HTML instead of CSS?

I published a book which contains some (simple) math formulas, like axn+bxn−1+ … + hx + k = 0. Such formulas may be displayed just with (X)HTML, as you may see. However, some friends of mine ...
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Finding the home screen's most recent books on Linux

Sony PRS-650 shows the three most recent books on its home screen. How can I modify this top three and how can I list the current ones when the device is connected to a PC running Linux?
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How to set metadata (title, author) of exported PDF documents in LibreOffice/OpenOffice.org

I often create 'read only once and delete' PDF files with LibreOffice. How can I set their metadata (title, author) properly so my Sony Reader could show it on the Books screen?
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Is there a compelling reason to distribute both '.azw' and '.mobi' files?

I am currently researching what ebook formats I should be targeting. I would like maximum distribution potential with minimum fuss (for both myself and users, with the latter taking priority). I have ...
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Start Calibre, update feeds, transfer files and close

I want to use Calibre for subscribing to RSS feeds, download new articles and bundle them in .mobi files. These files should be send to my Kindle via mail. Both these processes work without problems, ...
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How does the kindle define how many “book size dots” to display?

You ever notice how the lot dots on the Kindle that indicate how big the work is are not really all that helpful? I think there are like 4 sizes, but all the little dots make you think there are more ...
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How can I left justify text on my Kindle?

I can't stand reading full-justified text, yet none of my Kindles seem to give me anything else! They all attempt to justify text even when the font size is too large and causes huge gaps between ...
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How do I shop for only DRM free books on Amazon?

I know how to tell if a book on Amazon is DRM free. There are lots of ways to sort, and filter books to just ones I am interested in on Amazon. I want to also be able to limit to books that I would ...
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What is the easiest workflow to publish ePub files from highly structured database content?

I have a large amount of highly structured data (Bible verse translations and commentary) in an SQL database that I would like to make available in as widely usable an ebook format (or formats) as ...
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How can I cut down on superfluous Instapaper files on my Kindle?

I regularly use the Instapaper service to send articles from my browser to my Kindle (Paperwhite if it matters). The settings allow for sending a new digest every time there are X new articles to be ...
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How can I get access to my personal documents on Amazon for my Kindle?

I used to sync my personal documents to my Kindle via Amazon website "Manage my Kindle". Unfortunately there has been an update to Amazon’s website and there, under Manage my Kindle, I simply cannot ...
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What does FlightCrew's “Unable to find zip structure: End-of-central-directory” mean?

I am experimenting with building my own .epub files and try to validate them using FlightCrew. Currently it says my file is invalid because it is Unable to find zip structure: End-of-central-...
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What are the actual on/off/sleep states for and how do you hard reset a Kindle WiFi?

I recently purchased a Kindle device (the current non Touch WiFi model) for an AP. I don't live locally but that doesn't get me off the hook for supporting it. Unfortunately, as my device is the ...
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Legality of read-it-later services, most specifically Send to Kindle

I just got a Kindle, and the send-to-kindle applications look very appealing. I'm wondering about the legality of these read-it-later services. I know that some websites have terms saying that the ...
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Can I increase the volume of *Read out Loud* in my Adobe Reader?

I have Adobe Reader V 10.1.8 on my laptop and it has a Read Out Loud feature that reads the text in the e-book. The problem is that the volume is too low to hear what the reader is reading. Even with ...
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File types and readers - maximum coverage

Assume that an author is about to launch an ebook. In order of priority, what are the most widely-readable file types, in terms of actual users? In other words, to make the book available immediately ...
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Without ebook creation software, can I fix formatting issues on an epub?

I have an epub copy of a book where all the lines are broken up wrong, and it ends up looking like really bad free form poetry. This makes the book really hard to read. Is there a way for me to fix ...
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Is there a way to read DjVu files on a 4th gen Kindle?

DJVU format is a very good format both in terms of file size an readability. Is there a way that I can read DjVu files on a 4th generation Kindle?

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